Magnolia Medical Foundation hosted medical fair

Students of the Gulfport School District will report Thursday for the first day of class, starting earlier than others with the implementation of their year-round schedule.

Ahead of the first day back, the Magnolia Medical Foundation put on a back-to-school health fair to teach children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

The event, held at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, featured a variety of vendors from several medical organizations such as Memorial Hospital, Beach View Dental, Happy Healthy Living, and more.

Each of the vendors offered different experiences to either teach the kids about healthy living or to offer free screenings such as eye exams or oral exams that they may not access otherwise.

Lynn Meadows even gave out free school supplies for the guests. Magnolia Medical Executive Director Dr. Erica Thompson said, “This allows families to be able to come out this weekend, get some of those screenings done that they may have not thought about, but also get some health information there hopefully will heighten their awareness.”

Magnolia Medical Public Health Educator Elizabeth Ozene said, “My whole opinion is making sure that we’re getting the right resources out into our communities so they know where they can get the help and where it’s available at.”

The foundation tries to host these events on the weekend to give parents more opportunities to advantage of what is available.

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